Board of Directors

Thierry Pilenko
Chairman and CEO

Before joining Technip in 2007, Thierry Pilenko was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veritas DGC, a seismic services company based in Houston. While at Veritas DGC he successfully managed its merger with the Compagnie Générale de Géophysique.

Prior to this appointment, Pilenko held various management and executive positions with Schlumberger where he started in 1984 as a geologist. He held several international positions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia before becoming President of Schlumberger GeoQuest in Houston and subsequently Managing Director of SchlumbergerSema in Paris until 2004.

Thierry Pilenko holds degrees from France’s Nancy School of Geology (1981) and the IFP School (1982). He serves on the Board of Directors of Hercules Offshore (USA). 


Olivier Appert
has been Chairman of the Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP) since April 2003. Since October 1, 1999, he has been director of Long-term Cooperation and Energy Policy analysis at the international Energy Agency. In 1998, he was appointed vice-Chairman of ISIS, a holding company in which IFP was the majority shareholder and which held shares in companies from the oil and gas industry sectors. He had joined the corporate management of IFP in 1994 where he took charge of research and development activities. In 1989, he became Director of hydrocarbons in the ministry for industry, after having managed, in 1987, the strategy for Télécommunications Radioélectriques et Téléphoniques (TRT). After holding several posts in the French Ministry for Industry and in the Prime Minister's cabinet, he held the post of Deputy Director of the cabinet of the Minister for industry from 1984 to 1986. He began his career at the Mines de Lyon.
Former student of the French Ecole Polytechnique, Olivier Appert is a Civil Engineer.


Pascal Colombani
is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Valeo and Associate Director and Senior Advisor for innovation, high technology and energy at the A.T. Kearney strategic consultancy firm; he is a member of the French Academy of Technology, a Director of Alstom, British Energy Group p.l.c. (EDF's subsidiary), Rhodia and Energy Solutions. In 2000, he was appointed Managing Director of the French Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique – CEA), a post that he held until December 2002. He chaired the Supervisory Board from the start of the restructuring of the industrial holdings of the CEA and the creation of Areva in 2000 until May 2003. Between 1997 and 1999, he was the Director of Technology at the Ministry for Research. Pascal Colombani spent close to 20 years (1978-1997) at Schlumberger in various posts, in the US and in Europe, before becoming Chairman and CEO of its Japanese subsidiary in Tokyo. He began his career at CNRS. Pascal Colombani is a graduate of the French Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud (1969) and Doctor of sciences (1974).


Leticia Costa
Since 2010 Leticia Costa has been a partner in Prada Assessoria and Coordinator for the Center of Strategy Research at Insper. In January 2011, she became a Director of the Automotive Engineers Association in Brazil (AEA). She currently serves as board member of FAMA, a private equity fund in Brazil, of Localiza, the largest car rental company also in Brazil and of Sadia, a food manufacturer. In 1986, she joined Booz & Company (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton) and in 1994, became a Vice President and in 2001 was appointed President of the operations in Brazil. She also served the firm's Board of Directors. At Booz & Company, Leticia Costa completed a wide range of assignments in Europe and Latin America, and also conducted studies in North America and Asia. Prior to joining Booz & Company, she worked from 1982 to 1984 as a systems analyst for Indústrias Villares S.A. Leticia Costa is a graduate of Cornell University and of Escola Politécnica of the University of São Paulo.


Marie-Ange Debon
is General Secretary of the Suez Environnement Group and is a member of the College de l'Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the French Financial Market Authority). Prior to joining Suez Environnement in 2008, Ms. Debon has served in various positions in both the public and private sectors. In November 1998, Ms. Debon joined Thomson as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and later served as General Secretary responsible for Legal, Insurance, Real Estate and Corporate Communications from 2003-2008. Marie-Ange Debon is a graduate of HEC, ENA and has a Master's Degree in Law.


C. Maury Devine
is a member of the Board of Directors of FMC Technologies (NYSE: FTI) and John Bean Technologies (NYSE: JBT). She serves on the Audit Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee of both companies. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the independent Nominating and Governance Committee of Petroleum Geo Services. She served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Det Norske Veritas (DNV) from 2000 to 2010, and was a fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs between 2000 and 2003.
C. Maury Devine also held various positions in ExxonMobil Corporation between 1987 and 2000, notably President and Managing Director of ExxonMobil's Norwegian affiliate from 1996 to 2000 and Secretary of Mobil Corporation from 1994 to 1996. From 1972 to 1987, she held various assignments in the US government notably in the US Department of Justice, the White House and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
C. Maury Devine is a graduate of Middlebury College, the University of Maryland and Harvard University (Masters of Public Administration).



Manisha Girotra
is, since 2012, Chief Executive Officer of Moelis & Company India, a global investment bank based in Mumbai.
Prior to joining Moelis, she had a 16 year career with UBS where she was most recently CEO & Country Head in India managing its investment bank, commercial bank, markets, equity research and wealth management divisions. From 1994 until 1996, Manisha Girotra was Head for North India at Barclays Bank, responsible for marketing and credit support to corporates and managing the relationship with the government. Between 1992 and 1994, she worked for ANZ Grindlays Bank.
In 2011, Ms. Girotra was nominated to Fortune magazine’s and she has appeared in Business Today’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Business in India for the past five years.
Manisha Girotra graduated from the Delhi School of Economics (M.A. Economics) in 1992.



Alexandra Bech Gjørv
is a partner in the law firm Hjort (Norway) and also chaired the public 22 July Commission on the terrorist attacks.
She began her career in law firms before joining Norsk Hydro ASA from 1993 to 2007 where she held a number of positions, including Executive Vice President HR and HSE and Senior Vice-President, New Energy. She then moved to Statoil ASA as Senior Vice-President, New Energy from 2007 until 2010 before joining Hjort in 2010.
Alexandra Bech Gjørv graduated from the University of Oslo (Norway). She also holds a diploma in legal studies from Oxford University (UK) and has studied at Suffolk Law School in Boston (USA), after which she was admitted to practice law in New York in 1993.


Gerard Hauser
was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nexans from June 2000 to June 2009. He joined Alcatel Câble France in 1996 and became President of its Cable and Component Sector in 1997. From 1975 till 1996, he worked for the Pechiney Group, as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pechiney World Trade first and of Pechiney Rhénalu later; he was later appointed Senior Executive Vice President of American National Can and member of the Group Executive Board. From 1965 till 1975, Gérard Hauser covered several senior positions in the Philips Group.


John O'Leary
has, since January 2007, held the post of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Strand Energy (Dubai), a company involved in seeking out investment and development opportunities in the oil and gas sector and also sits on the Supervisory Boards of Huisman Itrec and Khan Shipping. From 2004 to 2006, he was a partner in Pareto Offshore ASA, a Norwegian company specialized in advising customers in the exploration/production sector. In 1985, he joined the Forasol-Foramer group where he successively held the posts of Development and Partnerships Manager (1985-1989) and Vice-Chairman for Marketing (1990-1997). After the takeover in 1997 of Forasol-Foramer by Pride International, a company specialized in onshore and offshore drilling, he became the Chief Executive Officer of the new group until 2004. He joined Total as a drilling engineer (1980-1985) after beginning his career as a trader in the Irish National Petroleum Corporation (1979-1980).
John C.G. O'Leary is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, the University College in Cork as well as the Institut Français du Pétrole.


Joseph Rinaldi
is a partner in the international law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. He advises on mergers and acquisitions transactions, corporate governance and securities and corporate law. Joseph Rinaldi is a frequent speaker and author on merger and acquisition and corporate governance issues. From 2002 to 2007 he was the senior partner in the Paris office of Davis Polk after joining Davis Polk in 1984 and becoming a partner in 1990. Joseph Rinaldi graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia, with first class honors in 1979, and in 1981 received his LL.B, with first class honors, from the University of Sydney, where he was a member of the editorial committee of the Sydney Law Review. He received an LL.M from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984. He is admitted to practice law in New York.


Pierre-Jean Sivignon
is, since September 2011, Chief Financial Officer of the group Carrefour and member of the Executive Committee. Pierre-Jean Sivignon began his career in 1979 with the firm Peat Marwick Mitchell. In 1982, he joined  the Schlumberger group, where he held various positions in the Financial Department of the Dowell Schlumberger Oilfield Services division (in Europe and Africa), then became General Manager of the Bank and Industry division (in Paris) and, finally, Group Treasurer in Paris and New York. From 2001 to 2005, he was Chief Financial Officer of Faurecia. Pierre-Jean Sivignon joined the Philips Group (in Amsterdam) in May 2005, where he held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committe until March 2011. He is also member of the board of directors of Imerys Group. He graduated from Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques (ESSEC) Paris.